NEW ORLEANS – Hilton Hotels met with members of the Marigny community Monday night about a proposal to bring a four-story complex to the neighborhood.
Many said reactions to the hotel chain coming to that part of town was surprising.
“We would love to be a part of this community and do a hotel with you guys,” said Faubourg Marigny improvement association vice president Lisa Suarez. “We look forward to working with you guys and getting your suggestions on what we can do and be part of the community.”
Developer Amit Patel spoke with residents in the Marigny about his proposed idea of putting a Hilton Hampton Inn Hotel at the corner of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street.
Monday, he and his architect showed neighbors designs for the 32 thousand square foot property, where they hope to have a four-story hotel with 119 rooms, a pool, and a parking lot.
“You may come home if you live close by and you may not have a parking spot,” voiced one concerned resident.
While many community members had hard hitting questions about how the hotel will affect their quality of life, Suarez explained that overall, they’re supportive.
“We want development, we just want sensitive development and this is sensitive development on a corner that has been derelict since I moved here in 1988,” said Suarez.
Last month the property was purchased for $3.5 million and Suarez believes bringing this type of development to their neighborhood may be beneficial in more ways than one.
“We also see it as a bonus in terms of alleviating some of the pressure from the short term rentals in particular the whole home rentals which we are totally against,” said Suarez.
As residents gathered around to see the designs of an idea in its infancy, they are hopeful it will bring new life this corner.
Developers explained if the project is approved it would take 18 months to complete.